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Book Review: Emil Ferris tackles big issues through a small child with a monster obsession

May. 28, 2024 12:18 PM EDT

There are two types of monsters: Ones that simply appear scary and ones that are scary by their cruelty. Karen Reyes is the former, but what does that make her troubled older brother, Deeze? Emil Ferris has finally followed up on her visually stunning, 2017 debut graphic novel with...

Sam Butcher, artist who created Precious Moments figurines of teardrop-eyed children, dies at 85

May. 23, 2024 16:13 PM EDT

CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) — Sam Butcher, the artist who created the Precious Moments figurines depicting angelic teardrop-eyed children, has died. He was 85. The company said in a Facebook post that he died early Monday surrounded by family. It said his life's mission was “to share...

Spanish police recover fourth of 5 Francis Bacon paintings stolen in Madrid in 2015

May. 23, 2024 06:09 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have recovered the fourth of five paintings by Irish-born painter Francis Bacon that were stolen from a Madrid apartment in 2015. A police statement Thursday said the 1989 painting of a man's head, titled on the back as “Study for Portrait of...

Banksy tree mural that sprouted in London is fenced off after apparent vandalism

May. 22, 2024 18:29 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — It was nice while it lasted. An environmentally themed mural by elusive street artist Banksy that appeared last week on a London street has been encased in plastic and surrounded by fencing after an apparent act of vandalism. The work is on a four-story...

Tennessee professor swept away by wave during Brazil study-abroad trip has died

May. 20, 2024 17:21 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee community college professor who was swept away by an ocean wave during a study-abroad trip in Brazil has died, his school said Monday. Clifford Gordon, associate professor of art, was walking with three students along an oceanside road in Paraty,...

Frank Stella, artist renowned for blurring the lines between painting and sculpture, dies at 87

May. 04, 2024 20:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Frank Stella, a painter, sculptor and printmaker whose constantly evolving works are hailed as landmarks of the minimalist and post-painterly abstraction art movements, died Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87. Gallery owner Jeffrey Deitch, who spoke with...

Iranian-French artist Marjane Satrapi wins Spanish Asturias award for communication

Apr. 30, 2024 08:57 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Marjane Satrapi, the acclaimed Iranian-French filmmaker and cartoonist, has won the 2024 Princess of Asturias Foundation award for communication and humanities, the Spanish organization announced Tuesday. The foundation said Satrapi was “an essential voice in the...

Pope visits Venice to speak to the artists and inmates behind the Biennale's must-see prison show

Apr. 28, 2024 13:53 PM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Venice has always been a place of contrasts, of breathtaking beauty and devastating fragility, where history, religion, art and nature have collided over the centuries to produce an otherworldly gem of a city. But even for a place that prides itself on its culture of unusual...

Repatriated South African apartheid-era artworks on display to celebrate 30 years of democracy

Apr. 26, 2024 01:41 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A selection of South African artworks produced during the country’s apartheid era which ended up in foreign art collections is on display in Johannesburg to mark 30 years since the country's transition to democracy in 1994. Most of the artworks were taken out...

A portrait by Gustav Klimt has been sold for $32 million at an auction in Vienna

Apr. 24, 2024 13:19 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — A portrait of a young woman by Gustav Klimt that was long believed to be lost was sold at an auction in Vienna on Wednesday for 30 million euros ($32 million). The Austrian modernist artist started work on the “Portrait of Fräulein Lieser” in 1917, the year...